Columbus Day: What's Open, What's Closed

Monday, Oct. 8, is a federal holiday.

Today is Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday. While it is an opportunity for some to sleep in on a Monday, the holiday itself is also interesting.

Columbus Day remembers Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ long journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the “New World." The voyage was victorious when land was first spotted on Oct. 12, 1492.

The day is also considered a celebration of Italian heritage, as well as a huge shopping day in the U.S. 

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.

Here's the list of what is open and closed on Columbus Day in Upper St. Clair:


  • Upper St. Clair School District
  • Upper St. Clair Government Offices
  • Restaurants
  • South Hills Village
  • Retail Stores
  • Upper St. Clair Library
  • Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center
  • State Liquor Stores
  • Regular Operation for Port Authorty Bus, T and Incline Service
  • Regular Trash Pickup in Upper St. Clair


  • Traditional Banks 
  • Upper St. Clair Post Office
  • Stock Market
  • Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Federal Offices
  • PennDOT Driver License Centers

Tell us: What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration? Work?


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